Egypt sentences blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah to 5 years in prison

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SHAFAQNA – News agencies and reporters said as nytimes ” A blogger who came to be one of the best-known faces of the 2011 uprising in Egypt was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, part of the military-backed government’s continuing crackdown on dissent. The blogger, Alaa Abd El Fattah, 33, comes from a prominent family of left-leaning activists and writers. He was convicted of taking part in an unauthorized November 2013 demonstration against military trials of civilians, as well as related charges like rioting and disturbing the peace. In addition to the prison sentence, he was fined $13,000 by the court in Cairo.”

where as Aljazeera reported from his lawyer saying ” Defense lawyer Mohammed Abdel-Aziz decried the verdict as “harsh and oppressive.” The court “didn’t take into consideration any of the evidence that showed the defendants’ innocence,” he said. Another rights lawyer on hand, Taher Abou el-Nasr, said: “Regrettably, the verdict was expected. We no longer expect acquittal.” Lawyers said they will appeal the ruling to Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court.

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